He was born January 27, 1956 in Bloomington, a son of George W. and Marijane Woodward Cushing. Ray attended Bloomington Schools and worked most of his life as a chef, including many years at the Ozark House and most recently at IWU.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his long-time best friend, Calvin “Shorty” Gaston.
Ray is survived by seven brothers and sisters; Sara Cushing, Bloomington; George (Linda) Cushing, Rio Verde, AZ; Robert (Karen) Cushing, Normal; Theresa (Craig) Erikson, Benton Harbor, Michigan; Mary Cushing Resch, Springfield; Carol (Margo Chaney) Cushing, Urbana; and Tony (Kathy) Cushing, Bloomington; and by his life-long friend, Janet Goble of San Pablo, CA. Nine nieces and nephews and seven great-nieces and nephews also survive.
Ray loved music and was also a voracious reader, saving years of back issues of National Geographic. His inquisitive mind and varied interests led to many lively conversations with friends and family.
The family would like to give heartfelt thanks to Dr. Pramern Sriratana; the nurses, aides and staff of Heartland Health Care; and the nurses and volunteers of St. Joseph Hospice for their care of Ray in his final battle with lung cancer.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, 711 N. Main St., Bloomington, IL 61701.
Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation and a Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, August 19, 2016 from 12:30-2pm at Beck Memorial Home. A luncheon will follow. Burial will be private.